“To believe your own thoughts, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men – that is genius.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Most of the labels we hear stem from our parents, family, and community. It makes perfect sense why we embrace certain labels and reject others. She’s not a great artist. He’s a bit clumsy. She’s shy, etc. You’ve heard these pronouncements for so long that you believe them. They’ve become a habitual way of thinking about your abilities and potentialities.
As Wayne Dyer eloquently pointed out; these habits have pigeonholed you to a point where you allow labels to be attached to you. These labels become to define you in many ways; and they shouldn’t.
As William James suggested, genius means making a shift in your thinking so that you can let go of those habits and open yourself to possibilities of greatness.
Pursue what you love doing and excel at it. Involve yourself in the high-energy levels of trust, optimism, appreciation, joy and love. That means love for what you’re doing, love for yourself, and immerse yourself in any activity and enjoy the process of experiencing it fully.
Much Peace ~ B
22 thoughts on “Speak, Love, Live with Intention”
Magnificent quote! Such an important topic to reflect on. It makes me wonder: Why do we label? Why is it so difficult not to label? One of the greatest lessons in my life so far has been not to label and go beyond labels. Now, my goal is to search for people with similar mindset 🙂
I have a draft on the topic of labeling. Haven’t been able to finish it. Too nice out. I’m enjoying reading your travels. You have a descriptive flair!
Thank you so much! I am happy that you like them. Yes, labelling is such a curious phenomenon. Would love to hear more from you on this topic.
Oh Bernice, I love your post. You have such a gentle and encouraging way to invite us into greatness. Thank you.
You are welcome to contribute this post, or another of your choosing, to Forgiving Fridays, if you’d like to do that again!!
If you’d like to share, all you need to do is include a pingback to my most recent Forgiving Fridays post & also include #ForgivingFridays in your tags. (my most recent post: https://forgivingconnects.com/2017/07/14/todays-forgiving-fridays-results-of-my-7-day-quiet-my-mind-retreat/ )
Sending you love. My greatness today includes listening and trusting in my inner guidance, and loving myself through all my choices!
Blessings to you, Bernice, Debbie
Thank you for your supporting me Debbie. Yes! I’m going on vacation next week but I will contribute to your post before I leave.
Sounds great, Bernice. Looking forward to reading it! <3 Have an amazing vacation. Blessings and love. Debbie
Hi Debbie. I contributed to your forgiving fridays earlier this week. May you have a blessed weekend.
Oh Bernice, that’s wonderful! I didn’t see it, love. Did you link to my blog post? Here it is again if helpful: https://forgivingconnects.com/2017/07/28/todays-forgiving-fridays-take-the-road-less-traveled/
I’d love to share your post as part of my Forgiving Fridays tomorrow 🙂
ps – Sorry for the delay in responding. I just finished a coaching lab. It was 6 days long and full of grace. The facilitator was a man named Robert Holden, truly a magnificent leader of loving. Bless you Bernice!
Hi Debbie. I was away. Let me know if I should still post to the link you provided above. 🙏
Hi Bernice, that’s ok! In general, it’s very helpful to link to my post, so that I can find your contribution to Forgiving Fridays. Plus, others may see it and then come and visit your blog. So it’s a good way to support the Forgiving Fridays prompt.
I’ll just go ahead and share your post on my next blog tomorrow. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Sorry for the delay in responding … I went on a long retreat right after my coaching training. I was off of email and phone completely. (It was glorious)
I hope you’re doing wonderfully. Sending you blessings,
I needed this post. I felt like you wrote it just for me😢
I did! You’re one of my readers.
Words to live by! Thank you!!! 🙂
what an uplifting post-very motivating. I really did need this-thank you!
Beautifully said! 💚
Thank you Roda. 🌸
I love those quotes and your wisdom. Sadly so many people believe the labels that others pin on them…
I was there at one point and realized it as I got older. May more people awaken to see who they really are. 🙂
So very true. It is important to realize what’s really at work behind our choices and rise above limiting patterns. Loved the last para of your post.
So positive <3 Besides, I know Ralph Waldo Emerson from my American Literature classes and I find him really great 🙂
Good to hear 🙂